Taxi drivers want flexibility to boost business

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 24 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 24 October, 2007, 12:00am

Taxi drivers should be allowed the flexibility to offer discounts to boost business, said driver Peter Wong.

'We must get more customers in order to make money,' he said. 'What's the point of sitting in an empty cab for long hours? If we insist on collecting every penny from customers, most won't take taxis.

'I don't understand why some of those drivers have to be so stubborn, and even accuse us of ... stealing their customers. I am just trying to get more business. They can do the same.'

Despite rising oil prices, Mr Wong drivers could still make a profit.

'My business turnover is about HK$1,000 every day. This clearly proves there is a strong demand for my service, and offering discounts to customers is good for them and good for me,' he said.

Mr Wong, who has been offering discounts for four years, was not worried about being caught by police.

'How can officers arrest me for just offering discounts? I can offer passengers free rides if I want to,' he said. 'Why should I be considered a law-breaker?'

The government should not interfere in the business practices of the taxi industry. 'I don't see why the government has to conduct a consultation about this all of a sudden,' Mr Wong said.